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Have you watched others on the dance floor and wondered if the salsa could be your dance? Are you willing to give it a try? Are you 50 years or older? For those answering yes, there is a class in Patterson for you.

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Habitat for Humanity Stanislaus County and Habitat for Humanity Westside Merced County have merged and will be called Habitat for Humanity Merced/Stanislaus Counties, serving the entire area.

In the past few years, the role of school custodians has never been more important. To honor their hard work and dedication, Cintas Corporation launches its 10th annual Cintas Custodian of the Year contest, which honors standout school custodians. Submit nominations at custodianoftheyear.com…

GES counselor Adriana Herrera visited 3rd-5th grade classrooms Jan. 13 for a presentation and activity to learn about the Chinese Lunar Year. Each student took home a coupon for a free meal and a discount coupon for a family order from Panda Express. The company supplied the learning materia…

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Assemblymember Juan Alanis (R-Modesto) received this week a Vice Chairmanship and additional committee assignments in the California State Assembly. While representing the 22nd Assembly District in the legislature, Alanis will now serve as the Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety.

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If you’re out for a walk near Schmidt Park on a weekday morning, don’t be alarmed if you hear someone shout out, “Great dink!” as you stroll by the tennis courts. It’s just a group of picklers practicing their game shots and congratulating one another. 

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With a few predicted dry days on the horizon, Westside residents will have a chance to hopefully see some of the water recede and assess any potential damage from the series of storms that has battered the area.

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California storm victims, which includes those in Stanislaus and Merced counties, have an extra month to file their state and federal income tax returns and claims a deduction for disaster loss.

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The Gustine Police Department is seeking information on the person(s) who illegally dumped eight Sheppard-Husky mix puppies in Gustine on Jan. 10.

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Scott Kuykendall was officially sworn in as the Stanislaus County superintendent of schools Jan. 3 at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers. The ceremony marked the start of Kuykendall’s second four-year term at the position after he ran unopposed during the June 7 California …

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Friends and family gathered Sunday to celebrate the 90th birthday of Harold Dean Canter. The surprise event took place in Pizza Plus in Newman. Canter is a retired teacher, coach and mentor, working half of his life for NCLUSD.

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The Department of Water Resources conducted the first snow survey of the season on Tuesday at Phillips Station. The manual survey recorded 55.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 17.5 inches, which is 177 percent of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measur…

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After five months and the same amount of negotiation meetings Gustine Unified School District and the Gustine Romero Teachers Association have agreed on a new contract for the 2022-23 school year. The tentative agreement was ratified by both parties and brought to the school board for approv…

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Whichcraft Tap has their official grand opening celebration set for Saturday, but already the new Gustine business is being touted as a welcome addition to the downtown area.

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There has been a buzz brewing through town about activity in the downtown building which had been home to The Grille. The once popular restaurant closed in April 2020 when a fire broke out in the kitchen. Now seeing people in and out working on the site has brought curiosity and anticipated …

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New preliminary data has been shared by the Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services detailing the severity of the fentanyl crisis in Turlock and Stanislaus County as a whole.

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After a tumultuous year for gas prices, some relief may be on the way in 2023. The yearly national average price of gas in 2023 is forecast to drop nearly 50 cents per gallon from that of 2022 to $3.49, according to GasBuddy’s 2023 Fuel Outlook released this past week.

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The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, Public Health Division has received grant money from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to fund the Injury Prevention Program.

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U.S. farms sold more than $11 billion worth of certified organic commodities in 2021, an increase of 13 percent over the 2019 total of $9.9 billion, according to numbers released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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The series of storms that continue to batter California has caused significant flooding of roads around the Westside and residents are being advised to prepare should evacuation orders be issued.

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The downpour and gusty winds that rolled through the Westside this last weekend caused Orestimba Creek to overflow onto several roads in Newman and fallen trees and branches around Gustine.

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As the year came to a close, Stanislaus County marked the first and second deaths of individuals younger than 65 years old from the influenza virus. Both were men.

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Not building the controversial Delta tunnel means Southern California and Bay Area cities would need to invest in desalination plants and groundwater recharge of brackish water that could impact the visual pleasantries of coastal scenery.

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The State of California has appropriated over $3.5 billion from the general fund to the Department of Education to establish the Art, Music and Instructional Materials Discretional Block Grant.

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Rising rates are having a disproportionate effect on the San Joaquin Valley economy, according to the newest Valley Business Forecast report produced by  Gökçe Soydemir, the Foster Farms endowed professor of business economics at Stanislaus State. 

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Gustine - A group of Saputo employees are working together to make a difference in the community where they work. As a company, Saputo encourages management and employees to join forces to give back to the communities that support them.

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Area Representative Josh Harder recently introduced the Better Data for Cleaner Air Act to tackle the Central Valley’s air pollution crisis by improving tracking and reporting of air quality in at-risk communities nationwide. The bill will place 1,000 air sensors in high-risk areas across th…

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Wearing a face covering during upcoming holiday gatherings may be a good idea, according to local health experts, as the flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are coming on strong this winter season.

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The City of Gustine bid farewell to Derek Alexander and swore in Mayor Pat Nagy and Councilmembers Rich Ford and Sherri Marsigli. Alexander, who lost his bid for re-election, was thanked by Mayor Nagy for his four years of service and helping guide the “city with dignity, insight and experience.”